The U.S. Department of Transportation is looking for a vendor to conduct research on automatic license-plate readers. The DOT hopes the research will reveal the pros, cons and legal challenges of using the devices to check for suspended licenses or identify vehicles of interest.
How much would it cost the average New Jersey motorist if the state does not raise the gas tax? Steve Carrellas, a New Jersey spokesman for the National Motorists Association, said even people who are aware of the potential costs of bad roads prefer them to the certainty of a gas tax hike. “It’s not as abstract,” Carrellas said of a tax hike, which he said he would support if all of its revenue were dedicated to transportation.
Despite a pledge his motorcade drivers would slow down and obey the law in late spring, ABC 7 News is reporting the vehicles used to transport Mayor Rahm Emanuel have racked up another eight more red-light or speed camera violations. Four months ago ABC 7 reported the Mayor’s two vehicle motorcade had been ticketed nearly two dozen times for speed camera, red-light camera and parking tickets.
The warning period is about to end for red-light camera violators in Abington Township, Montgomery County. Abington Township became the first Philly suburb to use red-light cameras. The red-light program will last one year. At that point, officials will evaluate its effectiveness and vote on extending the program.
A tiny north Florida town known as a speed trap may lose its police department. Two Waldo police chiefs resigned after state investigations were launched into illegal activities including speeding ticket quotas. The city council at its next meeting will decide whether to rely on sheriff’s patrols instead.
Hundreds of thousands of people who got tickets when their vehicles were photographed running red lights in Missouri could be in line to get some money back, under a proposed legal settlement announced on Sept. 26. A plaintiffs’ attorney and company official both confirmed that the proposed settlement calls for 20 percent refunds to be paid on up to 800,000 tickets issued since 2005 in 27 Missouri cities served by ATS cameras.
Speed and red-light cameras are becoming increasingly prevalent as reflected by the bulging coffers of participating towns and municipalities. Here’s the relevant question: Are the cameras designed to increase public safety, or are they just a means to trap citizens and make money?
Right of Way, the advocacy group that has installed memorials for cyclists and pedestrians killed across the city, put up ten “20 is plenty” speed limit signs in Central Park last night on the Central Park Drives. Right of Way defines its credo as, “The fundamental human right to move about in public space without being intimidated, injured, or worse.”
10 News was among the media outlets honored at the 59th Annual Florida Bar Media Awards for its ongoing series, “Short Yellows and the Red Light Fight.” The series, which exposed abuses of red-light camera technology, was recognized for “outstanding journalism highlighting the system of law and justice as it affects Floridians.”